Dangerous climate tipping point is ‘about a century ahead of schedule’ warns scientist: A slowing Gulf Stream system means catastrophic East Coast flooding will get much worse

By Joe Romm, 12 April 2018, Climate Progress TAXIS SIT IN A FLOODED LOT AFTER HURRICANE SANDY OCTOBER 30, 2012 IN HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY. CREDIT: MICHAEL BOCCHIERI/GETTY IMAGES New research provides strong evidence that one of the long-predicted worst-case impacts of climate change — a severe slow-down of the Gulf Stream system — has already started. The system, also known …

Two degrees no longer seen as global warming guardrail; it’s 1.5C

By AFP, 1 April 2018  A world that heats up by 2C (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) could see mass displacement due to shortages of food and fresh water and the loss of animal and plant species at an accelerated speed Limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius will not prevent destructive and deadly climate impacts, as once hoped, dozens of experts concluded in …

Disappearing polar ice setting off alarms: The short-term consequences of Arctic (and Antarctic) warming may already be felt in other latitudes. The long-term threat to coastlines is becoming even more dire.

By Daisy DUNNE, Carbon Brief , 2018 SEA ICE Limiting warming to 1.5C could ‘substantially’ cut risk of ice-free Arctic summers Meeting the Paris Agreement’s aspirational target of limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels could “substantially” reduce the risk of sea ice-free summers in the Arctic, research shows. Two new studies find that, under 1.5C of warming, Arctic waters could experience …

Climate change is “most systemic threat to humankind,” says UN Chief

By Somini Sengupta, NYTimes.com March 29, 2018 ImageAntónio Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, said, “I am beginning to wonder how many more alarm bells must go off.”CreditGiuseppe Lami/European Pressphoto Agency, via Shutterstock. UNITED NATIONS — Nuclear weapons? Famine? Civil war? Nope. The United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, on Thursday called climate change “the most systemic threat to humankind” and …

Climate change and wildlife impacts

 In 2015, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds published a study indicating that worldwide seabird populations had dropped by 70% over a sixty-year period. The WWF published a study saying overall, vertebrate species had declined 60% in forty years.  In 2017, a study in German wildlife sanctuaries documented a 75% drop in flying insect populations over 35 years. In …

Race, not poverty, was found to be the strongest predictor of exposure to PM 2.5, a health-damaging particle created when fossil fuels are burned.

By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News, 2 March 2018  A new EPA study found that in all but four states, non-whites face higher exposure than whites to PM 2.5, much of which comes from the burning of fossil fuels. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Black Americans are subjected to higher levels of air pollution than white Americans regardless of their wealth, …

Richmond, California Files Lawsuit Against Chevron, Others For Climate Damages

From DeSmogBlog By Farron Cousins • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 11:33  Share342  Tweet  Reddit3  Share0  Share The city of Richmond, California is the home of oil giant Chevron’s domestic headquarters. It also happen to be the ninth city in the United States to file a lawsuit against fossil fuel companies for their contributions to global climate change. The lawsuit filed by the city lists Chevron …